Family-owned and -operated, this restaurant and tavern across from the Hastings-on-Hudson train station has been a town mainstay for 16 years, serving up food and drink in a homey setting. The “Maud” of Maud’s Tavern is owner and chef Maud Tucker, who prides herself on her varied menu of “comfort food and international specialties.”
“We keep it real, no frou-frou,” notes Tucker.
The pub staples are here—mac ‘n cheese, burgers, French onion soup—and menu specials change daily, depending on the season and Tucker’s mood; don’t be surprised to see coconut curry, beef stew, or codfish over white beans. Signature menu items include grilled salmon with orange-ginger scallion sauce ($18.95) and the rib-sticking crowd pleaser, shepherd’s pie ($11.50). Self-proclaimed chocoholic Tucker offers a variety of chocolate desserts, and seasonal desserts for the fall, like pumpkin pie, are soon to come.
Patrons sidling up to the large wooden bar can look forward to a “grown-up bar”—no loud music and skewing towards a professional and middle-aged crowd, rather than 20-somethings. Everything on the wine list is available by the glass, and beers on tap are changed up regularly. Expect to see favorites Guinness and Bass, as well as local brews from Captain Lawrence and Ithaca Beer Company.
As a neighborhood hotspot, Maud’s Tavern draws an eclectic mix of customers: families, singles, locals, commuters, and a surprising number of Manhattanites, enticed by the short jaunt on Metro-North and chance to escape the city. Starting when the weather warms up and continuing through October, diners take advantage of the ample and tree-shaded outdoor seating, with its scenic view of the river and Palisades. They all come back for the satisfying food, welcoming service, and inviting atmosphere. Says Tucker, “It’s a comfortable place where we can envelop people and make them feel good.”
149 Southside Ave